2008 Spring Haute Route trip photos: from Argentiere, France to Zermatt, Switzerland.
Copyright by Nick O’Connell
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.Jane Austen
Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shocking to the system.
Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I was trying to write then and I found the greatest difficulty was to put down what really happened in action; what the actual things were which produced the emotion that you experienced…the real thing, the sequence of motion and fact which made the emotion and which would be as valid in a year or ten years or, with luck and if you stated it purely enough, always.Ernest Hemingway
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a nam